Two ways to Proust
I’ve outed myself as a Proust nut (1, 2, 3, 4) and people occasionally ask me how they might best enter that big and forbidding-to-some book. Someone just did that today, so I’ll share two plans that may work for you while you are reading In Search of Lost Time.
Follow the tweets. Patrick Alexander, who wrote the useful companion Marcel Proust’s Search for Lost Time, recently completed tweeting the whole damn Search. Took him two years and 3,000 tweets. They’re very good and very funny. He’ll be starting another cycle on November 1.
Follow the master. William C. Carter’s Marcel Proust: A Life is the pick of the doorstop Proust bios; he offers a self-paced online course covering the novel and its creation. Carter knows pretty much everything there is to know about Proust and the Search, but he doesn’t let that knowledge prevent him from having fun with the work.